If you look at any old Hollywood film you’d see they had a standard technique for creating ‘moonlight’. They’d simply shoot in bright sunlight, reduce the exposure and give the picture a blue tinge. The bizarre thing was that it worked – it did give the appearance of ‘night’. Moonlight isn’t actually blue, though. If […]
Old movies (and quite a few new ones) are full of 'pretend' night shots. The look like they were taken in moonlight, but it's all an illusion created by clever use of exposure, colour and filters.
There are three things you can do to get this 'moonlight' look. The first is to shoot in direct sunlight because technically sunlight and moonlight look just the same, it's just that the moon is considerably dimmer. You can simulate this in the second step, by reducing the exposure.
Finally, we all have the idea that moonlight has a blue tone (technically, it doesn't). This is a third adjustment you can make in your photo-editing software to finish off this 'moonlight' look.